M-Audio is shipping the Pulsar II ($199.95) small-capsule condenser microphone. The new unit replaces the company’s Pulsar small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone and is designed for applications including drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano, close-miking strings and woodwinds, room miking and more.
The Pulsar II has a 3⁄4-inch-diameter, 6-micron Mylar evaporated-gold diaphragm for heightened sensitivity, especially for higher frequencies. It also features a solid brass backplate. The diaphragm is thermally treated to yield an additional 2dB SPL over the model’s predecessor. The Pulsar II also offers a -10dB switchable attenuation pad and 12dB/octave highpass filter, and features transformerless Class-A FET electronics. It offers a 20-20k Hz frequency response; sensitivity of -37dB @ 1kHz, 0dB=1V/Pa (13.8 mV/Pa); max SPL of 134dB at 0.5% THD, 144dB with -10dB pad; and equivalent noise of 16dBA. The product also includes a wooden box, windscreen, mic clip and manual.
The Pulsar II is available individually or as a matched set ($399.95) with a ±1dB variation between each mic. The Pulsar II matched pair is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2007 and includes a metal stereo mounting bracket for X/Y stereo recording.